- a damaging or serious encroachment: inroads on our savings.
- a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.
Origin of inroad
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for inroads
The state was a key Democratic pickup in 2008, a symbol of Democratic inroads into the Republican West.Your Election Night Guide
The Daily Beast
November 1, 2010
But as yet the life has made no inroads upon her moral health.The Twins of Suffering Creek
But no amount of world-wisdom can set a man above the inroads of superstition.David Elginbrod
Resistance to the inroads of the barbarians was no longer possible.A Key to the Knowledge of Church History (Ancient)
John Henry Blunt
Humanity had retreated from the inroads of the sea only after a stubborn fight.The Shrieking Pit
Arthur J. Rees
There was no way yet for us to suspect their full activity—their inroads.Unthinkable
Roger Phillips Graham
- an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
- an encroachment or intrusion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for inroads
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with inroads
see make inroads into.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.